5 O'clock Shadow Double Black Lager - Grand Teton Brewing Co.
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4.63/5 rDev +14.9%
Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a half-pint chalice.
A: Clear, dark brown color that shows no light at its core, with one finger of diminishing mocha-tinted foam head. Heavy lacing remains on the glass.
S: Roast is aggressive and slightly unctuous, suggestive of strong black coffee. Earth is a bit musty, complementing other dark qualities.
T: Begins off-dry, with creamy brown malt and sedate earthy hops. Acidity is extremely restrained, as more bitter roast emerges in the middle. Bitter chocolate is suggested in the waning finish that tapers down nicely, leaving a restrained earthy bitterness to linger on the palate.
M: Medium to think viscosity, velvety smooth and creamy on the palate, with low carbonation.
D/O: Smooth beyond belief, this is the strong dark beer I have been waiting for. It achieves such clarity of purpose in its ability to transmit pure roasted qualities. While clean, understand that this beer is more of a bold American creation than any real attempt to faithfully recreate a continental recipe--but that's okay. Another home-run for Grand Teton!
03-02-2012 22:46:36 | More by beagle75
4.48/5 rDev +11.2%
Bottle purchased from BevMo in Sunnyvale, CA. Shared with @LaitueGonflable and @tobeerornottobe.
Pours a pleasant clear and clean black, with a bubbly but solid head of mild yellow-brown. Lacing is spotty. Body looks rather fluid, but slick, and it holds carbonation well.
Nose is lovely. Toasty malts leavened by a mild touch of something bright, fresh and even a little lemony. Dark rye bread, spread with cream cheese and shallots. It's a beautiful balance between darkness and light. Love it.
Taste is also excellent. Lovely clear lines to the feel and the vectors through the palate, delivering solid toasty malt all the way. Flavours of mild chocolate, a little crust and some dark seed cake on the back. This is all beautifully balanced with a really lovely dryness and a lovely clear but slick feel. Only a lager delivers that integration and lightness.
Overall, I love it. Black lagers are well underrated: this a superb example of why this should not be the case. This is clean and pleasant, but loaded with flavour and character. More craft lagers, please!
09-01-2012 03:35:15 | More by lacqueredmouse
4.45/5 rDev +10.4%
Poured from a 22oz bottle into a normal pint glass. 2012 date on the label.
A: Nearly opaque black body, some brown highlights on the edges. Nice dense off white head.
S: Nice clean roastyness. Maybe a slight fruitiness as well.
T: Good roast malt flavor up front, mild bitterness. Clean and complex finish. Not as much going on as a stout or porter, but actually refreshing.
M: On the low end of carbonation, mouthfeel works well. More residual sweetness than I'd except, but not overboard.
O: A very clean roasty beer of high alcohol. I don't think I'm had anything quite like this. If I feel like a dark strong, but easy drinking beer, this would do it.
08-11-2012 04:28:58 | More by 51mmz0rz
4.4/5 rDev +9.2%
Had this on tap at Tiger! Tiger!, poured into a pint glass
The brew pours jet black in appearance and form a small chocolate-tan head. Small patches of lacing touch the glass, and it looks fairly viscous.
The chocolate malts establish the bouquet and they carry notes of buttery bread. Earthy grains poke through, a touch of hop dryness in the distance.
Roasty, chocolate malts are again the big player on the palate, slightly sweet and smoky. There aren't a lot of hop charecteristics to meet te sweet malts, but they're not needed - this brew is eminently drinkable. A little buttery, creamy mid-sip, which gives the beer a deeper complexion than you'd expect. The hops do their part towards the end, leading to a dry finish that leaves almost no lingering flavors between sips.
Damn, this has to be one of the better schwartzbiers I've tried. A little richer than some of the German varieties, but I hate getting hung up on categories. This is just a damn good brew.
03-04-2012 04:55:11 | More by rand
4.33/5 rDev +7.4%
Poured a deep dark black with some dark clear mahogany highlights, a nice sticky dark tan head with lots of lacing.
The smell is very good, big char, smoke, and a bit of leather.
The flavor is both full and restrained at the same time, lots of nice complex flavors going on with none of them overpowering the others. Nice levels of smoke and char along with subtle chocolate and a nice touch of earthy bitterness giving it a very nice even quality.
The mouthfeel is very dry and clean.
Very nice big Schwarzbier.
02-28-2012 02:40:22 | More by bashiba
4.33/5 rDev +7.4%
Pours dark brown, almost black. Head is dense and creamy.
Aroma is smokey, charred dark grain with a touch of chocolate.
Taste is rich smokey dark malt and powdered cocoa up front. Then dark fruit makes an appearance - raisin and date. Woody and nutty. Finishes with charred dark grain and mild earthy hop bitterness.
Mouthfeel is medium-full.
A flavorful malt experience. Smoke is apparent, but understated.
02-28-2012 02:21:16 | More by Blakaeris
4.28/5 rDev +6.2%
Dark black with raisin colored highlights, and a two finger tan head with good retention and lacing. The aroma has dark roasted malt and a little bit of caramel.
The taste has dark roasted malt, caramel, and cocoa. Does a nice job of combining the light sweetness of cocoa and caramel, with the bitterness of dark roasted malt. Neither is overpowering. Nicely balanced.
Medium bodied with modest carbonation. Slightly creamy. Has a slightly sweet aftertaste. A very nice Schwarzbier from Grand Teton.
04-12-2012 01:10:45 | More by hardy008
4.25/5 rDev +5.5%
Enjoyed out of a brown 750 mL bottle marked with a "2012" sticker. Poured into a Boulevard Smokestack edition tulip glass.
Appearance - Body is a rich, dark black with twinges of brown topped by a creamy tan one-finger head that never completely dissipates and leaves light, soapy-looking lacing as I drink it down.
Smell - Roasted malt and mild undertones of fresh-brewed espresso as well as aromas or rich cacao. Toasted bread and some hint of charred wood, but not smoky.
Taste - Echoes the notes of the smell, with the charred wood and roasty malt flavors at the forefront. Again, the coffee is hinted at, and evolves into a semisweet chocolate finish. Some bitterness as well, but it's hard to tell if it comes from hops or from the charred characteristics because of how well the flavors blend together.
Mouthfeel - In spite of the rich flavor profiles, the body is only moderate and this beer finishes dry and clean.
Overall, a wonderful beer. My first schwarzbier, so I dont have a great frame of reference, but I'm very impressed by the blend of flavors and how well the alcohol is hidden. Grand Teton would do well to open this one back up for production, as it is quite tasty.
07-05-2013 03:27:15 | More by LambicPentameter
5 O'clock Shadow Double Black Lager from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.